Lisa Eicher, who is a former contestant on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior documented her family being rescued as floodwaters engulfed her home near Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Her family along with their pig and three-legged-dog were saved by rescuers.
A massive truck full of emergency rescue services personnel arrived in a massive truck in front of her home in Conroe, Texas, on the morning of August 28. Her home which is raised about 10-feet above the ground to protect it from floods from a nearby lake, but the storm caused water to climb to their front steps. Neither Eicher or her husband Joey, thought it would rise this fast. Firefighters called out to the family over the sound of the roaring waters, and Eicher and her husband immediately gathered up their four childre, Sevy, 13, Archie, 13, Ace, 9, and Radko, 3 as well as their three-legged dog, Pip, and 80-pound pig, Penny, to prepare them for evacuation. “I don’t get too panicked ever, but I was definitely nervous for my kids, I knew it would be scary for them, so I tried to make it seem like it was something fun, and they followed my lead. We were literally swimming and carrying them, we couldn’t even touch the ground,” Eicher said in a statement regarding the rescue mission. Check out all the pictures and videos below!
"We've got two kids with Down syndrome, a three legged dog, and a pig. All of whom will be freaked out." I told the firefighter. "Perfect!" He replied. No one anticipated the water would rise as fast and as ferociously as it did. When they pulled up they screamed, "we have to get out now!" We woke a still sleeping Ace and Archie, threw as much as we could in a garbage bag, and got out. (So excuse Sevy's pantless wedgie butt). As they swam Penny the Pig out to the truck, one of the firemen said to me, "you better be getting this on video.." I assured him I was. Comic relief was abundant. They dropped us off at a nearby, dry gas station and headed back out to rescue more. Joey had woken up in the middle of the night and drove our car to higher ground (??) so a friend came and picked him up and they were able to get to it. The kids and I sat in the only spot safe from rain in front of the gas station and waited. The attendant came out and brought us all sandwiches and icees. A sweet man insisted I take twenty dollars to buy something for the kids. And a homeless couple brought us blankets. Wanting nothing in return. Countless people stopped to check on us and offer help. We don't know what damage will be done to our house, we are worried. But more than anything, we are overwhelmed by the kindness of people. So many of you have offered to help, even offered to open your homes to us. Thank you. We are safe and sound at our good friends' house. (Love you @rubysrainbow). My only regret is that I didn't charge people for selfies with Penny the Pig at the gas station. ?? We are lucky. We are grateful. Lots of love. ❤️ #eichertribe #harvey
Left Pip's rescue out yesterday. Some of you have asked about her. So here's our brave girl. We adopted her about a year ago and she had just lost her leg. She's sure learned to get around just fine without it! ••• So thankful for these firefighters and how kind and loving they were with not only our kids but our pets too. ••• All is well here. Happy to be with good friends and in dry clothes. Tummies and hearts full. ••• #pipthetrip #harvey #eichertribe #wreckitrad
So last night we put Penny in the garage to keep her safe from the storm. Her pen was already starting to flood. This morning when we woke up without power, we realized she was trapped. Couldn't open the garage doors, and couldn't get down the elevator to the garage. •• There's a small garage door in the backyard that is manual, but unfortunately we (Joey) didn't think to unlock it from the inside. With no answers on when we would have power and the lake rising fast, we had to get her out before it was too late. •• See the full rescue mission in my stories. •• #harvey #pennythepig #comicrelief
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